Video game and manga fans, prepare yourselves. VIZ Media have announced via press release that they have acquired the rights to the classic Super Mario Adventures manga, as well as the latest title in Akira Himekawa’s The Legend of Zelda manga series, Twilight Princess. Super Mario Adventures is set for its first re-release in over 20 years in October, while The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.
During Viz’s official panel held at Otakon last weekend, the publishers also announced two further acquisitions, Takako Shimura’s coming of age series Sweet Blue Flowers, and the QQ Sweeper sequel Queen’s Quality. Both will be released in fall 2017, in print and digital formats.
The mangaka duo who work under the pseudonym Himekawa revealed in February that they would be returning to their Legend of Zelda manga after an eight year hiatus. Days later, the announcement came that all of Himekawa’s earlier Zelda titles would receive Perfect Edition publications. Complete with bonus unpublished manuscripts, the Ocarina of Time collection, which marked the first of five omnibus volumes, was released in Japan by Shogakukan on March 10th.
Viz describe their release of Super Mario Adventures as follows:
Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years!! Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine in 1992-93.
The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser but super plumbers Mario and Luigi hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?!
And they also give the following description of the manga tale of the Twilight Princess:
Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.